Pattern Description: Butterick 5753 Loose-fitting, pullover tops. A, B, C, D have front and back extending into sleeve variations, narrow hem. A: Contrast front and back. A, B:Side pleats. C: front extends into single layer tie ends (wrong side shows).
XS-XXL: I made an XL.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I made view A. For the most part it did other than my changes. See below.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I really only looked at the pictures and skimmed the written instructions but they were fairly straight forward. The only thing that might give beginners an issue is one of the diagrams has the pattern pieces mislabeled. It is step #2, on the picture piece #6 is actually piece #5 and vice versa.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the pattern. It is fun and a great way to take advantage of the color-blocking trend. The only issue I had with this garment is my choice of fabrics. They made the finished garment just so-so for me.
I used 1 yard navy polyester genesis (front contrast). Since genesis is so thin I double layered this section. For the rest of the garment everything I used was scraps. Since this pattern is single layer cuts for each piece I figured this would be a good opportunity to use of some of my scrap stash. The burgundy is a polyester spandex and the navy sequin (back contrast) is a polyester micro sequin. All of the fabrics I got for free from my previous job, so this top was pretty much free of cost to make.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
As far as changes go, I eliminated the pleats at the side bottoms because I thought they looked weird. The only other thing I did differently than my original plan was to sew the navy front contrast as a solid instead of the sequin like the back. This was because I had cut the back piece out first and then discovered I did not have a big enough piece left to cut the front. If I had been paying attention before I cut it I would have made the front contrast the sequin and left the back solid. I also serged all my hems and then just folded them up once and stitched, instead of doing the narrow hem, because spandex does not press well.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will sew this again, definitely in more spring/summer colors. I really like the pattern and how quickly it went together, approximately an hour and a half, from cutting to finishing. I think this is a great beginner pattern because of how quick it goes and that there are not any major skills required.
I am still so-so on this top and I think I have been from the very beginning due to fabric choices and the sequin not being in the front. I will probably wear this more in the fall and winter due to the dark colors, so maybe it will grow on me more then.
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